HVAC Manufacturers Settle with Mesothelioma Victim, Announces Baron & Budd

DALLAS, TX (July 21, 2008) The law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C. today announced that an unnamed mesothelioma patient and his family have reached a confidential settlement with several manufacturers of home heating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, including industry leaders Lennox and Trane. The plaintiff developed mesothelioma, an extremely painful and fatal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, after working for 40 years as a repairman on residential HVAC units.

“Baron & Budd has been investigating asbestos related injuries for years, and even we were surprised to discover that common residential air conditioners and heaters contained the carcinogen asbestos,” said Baron & Budd. “We had scientists dismantle and test some of the units—units that had no warnings or notifications that they had asbestos in them—and we were shocked to discover that they contained asbestos parts.”

The plaintiff operated a small HVAC repair business in Telephone, Texas, about a hundred miles northeast of Dallas. Over several decades, he worked at hundreds of local homes, repairing name-brand heating and air conditioning units for families in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. During the course of the lawsuit, Baron & Budd, P.C. discovered that many of these HVAC units contained asbestos parts that released hazardous amounts of asbestos into the air during routine repair work.

According to Baron & Budd lawyers, the evidence that turned up established that the HVAC manufacturers intentionally added asbestos parts into their equipment and never warned consumers or repairmen that the units had asbestos in them.

“Because these manufacturers have been successful in keeping this secret for so long, HVAC repairmen have been largely unaware of their asbestos exposure and the health risks their work entailed,” said Russell Budd, managing shareholder of Baron & Budd. The case was filed in Oakland, California.